ERIC Number: ED479362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Latinos and Education in Ventura County.
Segura, Denise A.
This paper provides an overview of demographic and educational attainment data on Latinos in Ventura County, California, and describes an ongoing initiative to increase Latino college attendance through improved K-12 preparation and family involvement. In both its urban and rural areas, Ventura County harbors large Latino populations who are predominantly Spanish-speaking and poor and who have low rates of high school graduation and college attendance. The county's community colleges provide a "second chance" for students to gain access to California's 4-year university systems. Data are presented on the educational "pipeline" schools in the service areas of Ventura College and Oxnard College, including overall and Latino enrollment, percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, percentage limited-English-speaking, student enrollment in advanced math and science courses, graduation rates, percentage of graduates eligible to enter California universities, and transfers from community colleges to universities. The program "ENLACE y Avance" aims to improve Latino achievement in selected areas of the county by strengthening several foundations of academic success. Strategies include: intensive outreach efforts to enhance family involvement and parent empowerment, with the aim of drawing on the strengths of Latino family structure and social capital. At the same time, educators, parents, and community activists are working to coordinate existing educational best practices for the benefit of underachieving Latino students. (SV)
Descriptors: College Attendance, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Disadvantaged, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Partnerships in Education, Underachievement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A